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Collection of plants for research

You must have a Scientific Permit to collect native plants or plant material for herbarium voucher specimens or for research purposes:

  • if the collection is from public land, or
  • if the collection is of a prescribed plant species from private land.

Native plants are protected from clearance or damage under the Native Vegetation Act 1991, and in some cases a clearance approval from the Native Vegetation Council is required.

The collection of native plant specimens does not require consent from the Native Vegetation Council provided that damage to the plant is not substantial. Where the collection is of whole plants for herbarium specimens, a Scientific Permit is considered 'clearance consent' under the terms of the Native Vegetation Act 1991. This means that an additional approval from the Native Vegetation Council is not required.

Research involving the removal of native vegetation for purposes other than herbarium voucher specimen collection may require a clearance approval from the Native Vegetation Council, in addition to a Scientific Permit.

You must have the permission of the landholder or lessee to collect native vegetation specimens from private land or a pastoral lease. A Scientific Permit is not required unless the plant is of a prescribed species.

To collect native plant specimens from public land (such as roadsides), you must have a Scientific Permit and the consent of the local council or relevant authority. To collect exotic (introduced) plant specimens from public land does not require a Scientific Permit. You must, however, get the consent of the local council or relevant authority.

All plant collection (native and exotic species) from DEWNR protected areas requires a Scientific Permit and access approval from the relevant Park Ranger.

See the DEWNR information sheet plant specimen collecting guidelines.

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